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Four Closed-Loop CPU Coolers Take On Noctua's NH-D14
Dec 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Closed-loop liquid coolers relieve stress from our motherboards, without the portability and maintenance issues of traditional open-loop kits. Are these the best devices for system builders who plan to move their machines and want to avoid damage?
CPU Charts 2012: 86 Processors From AMD And Intel, Tested
Dec 23, 2012 - in Reviews
Benchmarking 86 CPUs takes a while. After long last, though, we have 51 models from AMD and 35 from Intel tested in our current suite. If you want to know how your processor sizes up to its competition, you'll find plenty of comparison data inside!
Core i7-3970X Extreme Review: Can It Stomp An Eight-Core Xeon?
Nov 9, 2012 - in Reviews
After one year of dominating the enthusiast space, Intel's Core i7-3960X is being replaced. The new Core i7-3970X features higher clock rates, but also imposes a 150 W TDP. Just for kicks, we're putting it up against another 150 W CPU: the Xeon E5-2687W.
Windows 8: Does AMD's Bulldozer Architecture Benefit?
Oct 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Shortly after AMD's Bulldozer architecture launched, AMD had us anticipating a couple of hotfixes that were supposed to improve FX-8150's performance. But Windows 8 was the ultimate goal. Now that the operating system is out, does it help FX-8150?
AMD FX-8350 Review: Does Piledriver Fix Bulldozer's Flaws?
Oct 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Last year, AMD launched its Bulldozer architecture to disappointed enthusiasts who were hoping to see the company rise to its former glory. Today, we get an FX processor based on the Piledriver update. Does it give power users something to celebrate?
AMD FX-4170 Vs. Intel Core i3-3220: Which ~$125 CPU Should You Buy?
Oct 14, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD has the clock rate on its side. But Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture boasts superior IPC throughput. We pit the 4.2 GHz FX-4170 against Intel's new 3.3 GHz Core i3-3220 in an effort to determine which CPU is the better buy for $125.
AMD's Trinity APU Efficiency: Undervolted And Overclocked
Oct 2, 2012 - in Reviews
We've been playing with AMD's Trinity APUs for four months, and they're just now being rolled out to the channel. This time, we take a look at the architecture's efficiency compared to a pair of Ivy Bridge-based Core i3s. Can A10 and A8 stand up to Intel?
Gaming At 1920x1080: AMD's Trinity Takes On Intel HD Graphics
Sep 26, 2012 - in Reviews
Think you're pretty snazzy because your integrated graphics core plays mainstream games at 1280x720? We're on to bigger and better things, like modern titles at 1920x1080. Can AMD's Trinity architecture push high-enough frame rates to make this possible?
AMD Trinity On The Desktop: A10, A8, And A6 Get Benchmarked!
Sep 26, 2012 - in Reviews
Desktop-bound Trinity APUs are shipping to OEMs, but they won't show up in the channel for months. Nevertheless, we got our hands on three upcoming models. How does Piledriver fare? What about VLIW4 graphics? Does memory play a big role? We answer within!
AMD Desktop Trinity Update: Now With Core i3 And A8-3870K
Sep 26, 2012 - in Reviews
We update our first look at AMD's A6, A8, and A8 Trinity-based APUs with numbers from an A8-3870K, Core i3-2100, and Core i3-2105. The new results give us a much better idea of how the upcoming architecture will fare in productivity apps and games.
Intel vPro In 2012, Small Business Advantage, And Anti-Theft Tech.
Sep 20, 2012 - in Reviews
One year ago, we took a look at three generations of Intel's vPro, charting how its features evolved. Now, we have a new version to explore. Additionally, we're putting Anti-Theft technology to the test, along with the new Small Business Advantage suite.
Better With Time? The A8-3870 And Pentium G630, One Year Later
Sep 9, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD's desktop APUs, which combine x86 cores and graphics resources, emerged more than a year ago. We take a Llano-based A8-3870 and compare its performance from 2011 to what you get today using new drivers, application versions, and OpenCL acceleration.
Guild Wars 2: Your Graphics Card And CPU Performance Guide
Aug 26, 2012 - in Reviews
The anticipated sequel to Guild Wars is here, and we're putting this MMO through its paces to let you know what hardware you'll need in order to play it at its highest details. We also explore which processor architectures work best with Guild Wars 2.
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v2 Review: Ivy Bridge Goes Professional
Aug 14, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel recently introduced its Xeon E3-1200 v2 CPUs, based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Though they're very similar to the third-generation desktop Core chips, ECC memory support, four extra PCIe 3.0 lanes, and attractive pricing grab our attention.
AMD Fusion: How It Started, Where It’s Going, And What It Means
Aug 13, 2012 - in Reviews
You've already read about APUs, and maybe you're even using them now. But the road to creating APUs was paved with a number of struggles and unsung breakthroughs. This is the story of how hybrid chips came to be at AMD and where they’re going.
Video Teaser: Tom's Hardware Revisits Intel vPro Technology
Aug 8, 2012 - in Reviews
We're big fans of remote hardware management and its implications at home, in small businesses, and of course in enterprise environments. Intel recently refreshed its vPro technology, and we have a short preview that precedes our in-depth coverage.
Professional Help: Getting The Best Overclock From AMD's A8-3870K
Aug 7, 2012 - in Reviews
We recently hooked up with overclocking guru Sami Mäkinen to get his take on the best way to overclock AMD's A8-3870K APU. Using his advice, we tweaked five retail -3870Ks and compared their overclocked gaming performance to a discrete Radeon HD 6670.
Intel's Xeon E5-Series Line-Up Expands; Gets Explained
Jun 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Now that Intel has launched more than 30 Xeon E5-series CPUs, we felt it necessary to revisit the product family and help you sort out the company's nomenclature. We're even taking the opportunity to list out all of the specifications in one place!
SYNC With MyFord Touch: Automotive Infotainment For All
May 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Automotive infotainment systems are becoming smarter, and more powerful, featuring some of the same hardware as popular smartphones and tablets. It's time to apply our own unique analysis to technology finding its way into the automotive segment.
Overclocking Core i7-3770K: Learning To Live With Compromise
May 23, 2012 - in Reviews
We recently took our first look at Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture. Then, we evaluated its efficiency. Now, we turn to overclocking. Recently, each of Intel's die shrinks has helped increase frequency headroom. This time, however, we ran into some walls.
Core i5-3570K, -3550, -3550S, And -3570T: Ivy Bridge Efficiency
May 21, 2012 - in Reviews
After recommending Sandy Bridge last year, we weren't particularly impressed by the new Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3770K as an upgrade. But are Intel's more mainstream third-gen Core i5 processors any more attractive? We grab four models to find out.
AMD A10-4600M Review: Mobile Trinity Gets Tested
May 15, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD steps up to the plate with an all-new processor. Armed with the updated Piledriver CPU core and VLIW4 graphics architecture, the Trinity APU represents an impressive improvement over the Llano generation. But can it stand up to Intel's best efforts?
Core i7-3720QM: Ivy Bridge Makes Its Mark On Mobility
May 13, 2012 - in Reviews
We've already seen that Ivy Bridge doesn't make much of a splash in the desktop space. But we collected notebooks based on Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Arrandale, and AMD's mobile Llano, and found that the new architecture's effect on mobility is profound.
Intel Core i7-3770K Review: A Small Step Up For Ivy Bridge
Apr 23, 2012 - in Reviews
One of Intel's worst-kept secrets ever, Ivy Bridge is an evolutionary die shrink of Sandy Bridge with improved integrated graphics. The flagship Core i7-3770K is great if you're replacing an old PC. But it's a tough sell if you already own a Core i7 CPU.
Killer Wireless-N 1103 Review: Can Qualcomm Take On Centrino?
Apr 4, 2012 - in Reviews
When Qualcomm bought Bigfoot Networks, maker of the famed Killer Ethernet adapters, we wondered if Qualcomm was right in the head. Could Bigfoot's enhancements possibly translate into benefits in the world of wireless networking? We're about to find out.
Intel Xeon E5-2600: Doing Damage With Two Eight-Core CPUs
Mar 6, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel's vaunted Sandy Bridge architecture has finally made its way to the company's dual- and quad-socket-capable Xeon processors. We got our hands on a pair of eight-core Xeon E5-2687W CPUs to compare against the older Xeon 5600- and 5500-series chips.
Battle At $140: Can An APU Beat An Intel CPU And Add-In Graphics?
Feb 28, 2012 - in Reviews
What can you get for $140? How about AMD's top-of-the-line A8-3870K APU with four CPU cores and an integrated Radeon HD 6550D? That's also enough for a Pentium G620 and discrete Radeon HD 6670. We benchmark both to uncover the best budget-oriented option.
AMD FX Vs. Intel Core i3: Exploring Game Performance With Cheap GPUs
Feb 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Following our sub-$200 gaming CPU comparison, we put Intel's Core i3-2100 and AMD's FX-4100 under the microscope. This time, we test a number of different graphics cards from AMD to see how GPUs affect perceived processor bottlenecks.
Overclocking: Can Sandy Bridge-E Be Made More Efficient?
Feb 16, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel's six-core processors are fast, but enthusiasts almost always want to push unlocked multipliers harder. Core i7-3960X can easily exceed 4 GHz, but what happens to power efficiency when clock rates go up? Sandy Bridge-E demonstrates weaknesses there.
Live From AMD's Financial Analyst Day
Feb 2, 2012 - in Reviews
We've been waiting on AMD's Financial Analyst Day for more information on how the company plans to approach new and current businesses moving forward. Ahead of the big event, AMD pre-briefed us on the news.